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Lodge, David

Summary Article: Lodge, David John from The Hutchinson Encyclopedia

English novelist, short-story writer, dramatist, screenwriter, and critic. Much of his fiction concerns the role of Catholicism in mid-20th-century England, exploring the situation both through broad comedy and parody, as in The British Museum is Falling Down (1967), and realistically, as in How Far Can You Go? (1980; Whitbread Book of the Year Award). His more recent works include Consciousness and the Novel (2002), a collection of essays that explore the representation of human consciousness in fiction.

His other works include Changing Places (1975; winner of the Hawthornden Prize) and its sequel Small World (1984), both satirical ‘campus’ novels, Nice Work (1988), Paradise News (1991), Therapy (1995), Home Truths (1999; originally written as a play published in 1998), Thinks (2001), Author, Author: A Novel (2004), which focuses on periods in the life of the writer Henry James, and a biographical novel about H G Wells, A Man of Parts (2011). His plays include The Writing Game (1990), and his critical works include The Novelist at the Crossroads (1971), After Bakhtin (1990), and The Practice of Writing (1996).

Lodge is also a successful screenwriter, having adapted both his own work and other writers' novels for television. Small World was adapted as a television serial in 1988, and Lodge adapted Nice Work as a four-part serial broadcast in 1989; the latter won the Royal Television Society Award (Best Drama Serial). He also adapted Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit as a six-part television serial, first screened in 1994.

Lodge was born in London. He taught at Birmingham University (1960–87). He was made a CBE in 1998.

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